The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn: Your Preview Verdict

The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn: Your Preview Verdict

As Layla relives the events from her youth that have shaped her present, her past starts to infiltrate her life in a way she can no longer ignore. She’s run from her town, her friends and the memory of what she’s done. Now she must face them all in The Girl She Was.

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Rebecca Freeborn’s The Girl She Was is a harrowing story of the systematic dismantling of an innocent young girl, and the fragile shell she inhabits as an adult.  When long-suppressed events of the past resurface, she is forced to confront her actions and dark memories with somewhat bittersweet and unexpected outcomes.  Power, respect, friendship, truth and the nature of love are themes central to the heart of this brutally honest novel.  Highly recommended! – Imogen, VIC, 5 stars

This book was a little hard to read when I first got it with what had happened in Queensland. I like the past and present written of the book and it certainly kept you hooked until the end. The main character, Layla, was a very strong person but others were interesting too – Carmel, NSW, 5 stars

‘The Girl She Was’ is an awesome read. This book contains some very dynamic characters that are relatable to many people in today’s world. It was a book that I found very hard to put down, feeling part of the characters lives!  This book also contained some ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ scenes!  An enjoyable read. – Karen, VIC, 5 stars

Working in the sexual assault and DV space I wondered how it would feel to read a fictional work of art on the topic. It was simply challenging, eye opening and a perfect example of how manipulation and violence worms it’s way into relationships slowly, as well as showing how it leaves its mark for years to come. I loved this book, will recommend it to my friends especially my younger friends and nieces and cannot wait now to read Rebeccas other works. Thank you putting this story out there! Loved it! – Deanne, NSW, 5 stars

The author transports the reader on a journey through the past to a time of innocence and naivety during adolescence revealing the self-doubt created by these experiences.  The story line demonstrates how some of those experiences manifest into burdens throughout adulthood resulting in life changing circumstances. I found the vulnerability of the main characters to be relatable, drawing you in to the drama and complexities of small town life. The chapters weave through the past and present developing the characters while building suspense for the climatic revelation.  What really happened to Layla all those years ago? A gripping and racy novel providing twists and turns that will have you guessing till the climatic finale. – Lisa, QLD, 5 stars

Not only was ‘The Girl She Was’ a compelling page-turner, Freeborn has touched on social issues that are often ignored or at the very least swept under the carpet. Freeborn’s skill with seamlessly moving from the present to the past provides a compelling insight into how ‘normal’ teenage behaviours or events can have a long-lasting impact on a person’s life. I’m sure many readers will recognise ‘Layla’ and ‘Scott’ either in themselves or in their friends or acquaintances, and that in itself is thought-provoking and perhaps worthy of discussion. Additionally, the reader cannot predict the final outcome in the novel, as it has more twists and turns than a mountain highway, resulting in a completely unprepared-for ending. ‘The Girl She Was’ is an absolute must-read by a talented Australian author. – Janette, VIC, 5 stars

Wow what a book. Well paced, good characterisation, solid twists. Layla and her situation was believable. A really good book – Rochelle, VIC, 5 stars

I was fortunate enough to be chosen to receive a copy of The Girl She Was by Rebecca Freeborn. It’s a very relevant tale of how our past, until we’re able to face it head on, can greatly influence our future. The characters were easily identifiable & I found myself relating to not just the main character, but many of the others as well. I loved the intrigue & I read this book in one sitting. – Lynne, QLD, 5 stars

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                        Publisher details

                        The Girl She Was
                        Author
                        Rebecca Freeborn
                        Publisher
                        Pantera Press
                        Genre
                        Fiction
                        Released
                        31 March, 2020

                        Synopsis

                        ‘She’d long ago stopped wondering whether anyone would find out what she’d done. It was in the past, and Layla didn’t dwell on the past.’At the cafe in the small town of Glasswater Bay where she works after school, seventeen-year-old Layla enters into a volatile relationship with her married boss.Twenty years later, she receives a message from her former boss’s wife.As Layla relives the events from her youth that have shaped her present, her past starts to infiltrate her life in a way she can no longer ignore.She’s run from her town, her friends and the memory of what she’s done. Now she must face them all.
                        Rebecca Freeborn
                        About the author

                        Rebecca Freeborn

                        Rebecca Freeborn lives in the beautiful Adelaide Hills with a husband, three kids, a dog, a cat, a horse, more books than she can fit in her bookcase and an ever-diminishing wine collection. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional and Creative Communications and now works as a communications and content editor for the South Australian Government where she screams into the void against passive voice and unnecessary capitalisation. Rebecca loves strong, witty female characters, and wrote Hot Pursuit because she wanted to escape the focus on fashion and personal appearance that is so common in contemporary women 's fiction. She writes before the sun comes up and spends her moments of spare time reading novels and feminist articles and compulsively checking Facebook.`

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